We’re still here

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Lynn Phillips, Judy Kirkpatrick, Julia Van Der Sluys, Bec Thomas and Teena Raffa-Mulligan are all a part of different arts groups across the local community.
Camera IconLynn Phillips, Judy Kirkpatrick, Julia Van Der Sluys, Bec Thomas and Teena Raffa-Mulligan are all a part of different arts groups across the local community. Credit: Picture: Holly Thompson

Friends of Rockingham Arts Centre will be hosting an open weekend at the centre from October 3 to 4, aimed at letting the community know the groups are still running strong after a tough year.

The weekend will include the sale of work from many local artists, speeches and live demonstrations and workshops.

Bec Thomas from Rockingham Ceramics Studio will be running one of the demonstrations and said the COVID-19 restrictions had been a struggle for many artists, but the clubs and workshops were now back up and running.

“We just want to get out there that we are still here, still active and still creative. This weekend we want to try and help people get inspired and back into it,” she said.

“Numbers at workshops and things like that have definitely dropped off since we opened back up again, I think that is similar for a lot of people in this industry.”

Teena Raffa-Mulligan works at the Rockingham Writers Centre and said the centre was taking a while to build up numbers.

“There are some people who are still not quite ready to come back and are being a little bit more cautious,” she said.

“It is a slow process but we are getting there.”

Ms Thomas said it was important to start enjoying things such as arts workshops again because of how relaxing and fun they were.

“People always say how relaxed they feel after and how they had looked forward to it all week for that social connection,” she said.

“I think this is even more important after this year and being isolated for a while.”

The Rockingham Arts Centre will be open this weekend from 9am till 4pm.

For more information visit forac.org.au.

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